Conditions

CONDITIONS

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The BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Awards recognize fundamental contributions in a broad array of areas of scientific knowledge, technology, humanities and artistic creation, as listed in point 2 of these call conditions.

Categories

The disciplines and domains of the BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Awards are:

  • Basic Sciences (Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics)
  • Biology and Biomedicine
  • Information and Communication Technologies
  • Ecology and Conservation Biology
  • Climate Change
  • Economics, Finance and Management
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Music and Opera

The Climate Change award recognizes both research endeavors in confronting this challenge and impactful actions informed by the best science. In Humanities and Social Sciences, the award will alternate annually between these two disciplinary domains, with this eleventh edition dedicated to the Humanities. Finally, the Music and Opera category encompasses composition, instrumental and vocal performance, musical and stage direction, and video art creation associated with musical or operatic works.

Award content

The BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Awards consist of 400,000 euros, a diploma and a commemorative artwork in each of their eight categories.

In the event that an award is shared by more than one person, its monetary amount will be divided equally among all recipients.

All awards, in whatever category, will be subject to the withholding and other taxes prescribed by current legislation, which will be deducted from their total amount.

Candidate requirements

Candidates may be one or more natural persons of any nationality, without limitation of number, that have made independent or convergent contributions to a given advance, whether due to a formal collaboration (with the nominees belonging to one or more groups) or parallel working. The awards are also open to scientific or cultural organizations that can be collectively credited with exceptional contributions to scientific knowledge, cultural creation or the fight against climate change.

Awards may not be granted posthumously.

Nomination

Any scientific or cultural organization or institution can submit nominations, following their own internal procedures. Among them:

  • Scientific or artistic societies and organizations
  • National and regional academies of science or culture
  • Public or private R&D centers
  • University schools, departments or institutes and research or teaching institutes
  • Hospital departments and biomedical research centers
  • Schools of music
  • Orchestras, orchestra associations, opera theaters and opera associations
  • Public agencies and supranational, national or regional organizations substantially engaged in analysis and/or activities relating to climate change
  • Other scientific, cultural and environmental organizations

Winners of the Nobel Prize in any of its categories are likewise eligible to nominate, as are past winners of the BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Awards.

The BBVA Foundation may also invite nominations from researchers and cultural creators that have made outstanding contributions in their respective fields, establishing consultative or advisory panels to this end.

The same organization, institution or individual nominator may put forward more than one candidate without limitation of number, but no candidate may be nominated in more than one award category.

Entry submission and documentation

The nomination period will open on January 1, 2018 and conclude at 23:00 GMT on June 28 of the same year.

All nominations should be submitted using the dedicated form on the BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Awards website: www.frontiersofknowledgeawards-fbbva.es.

Both nominations and the accompanying documentation must be submitted in English only.

The nominating institution or individual must provide the following information and documentation, as specified at the above web address:

  1. 1Award category for which the candidate is nominated
  2. 2Name of the nominating institution and officer/body, with the corresponding contact data (postal and e-mail address, plus landline and cell phone numbers)
  3. 3Letter of nomination signed by the nominating officer/body
  4. Candidate particulars including institutional affiliation and contact data
  5. Description of the salient contributions of the candidate and reasoned arguments for the nomination (maximum of three pages, single spaced)
  6. Candidate’s curriculum vitae

If an entry refers to one or several research teams or several persons that have made convergent contributions to a given advance as a result of parallel working, the nominating officer/body should provide the information referred to in points 4 and 6 above for all members of the candidature. With regard to point 5, the nominator should provide a single descriptive narrative including an account of the role performed by each member.

In the event that various organizations or individuals wish to jointly or coordinately submit a nomination, they should appoint a nomination coordinator who will merge all the materials into a single entry.

The BBVA Foundation will send an e-mail to the nominator confirming the acceptance of the entry, and facilitating a registration number which should be quoted in all subsequent correspondence.

If the documentation furnished is incomplete or contains correctable errors, the BBVA Foundation will notify the nominator to this effect, granting a non-extendible term of thirty calendar days in which to rectify the flaws detected, so the entry may be accepted for consideration.

The BBVA Foundation undertakes to preserve the confidentiality of all documentation received, and will in no event provide itemized or individual information on the nominations received or on the deliberations of the award committees. The BBVA Foundation will publish only the names of those persons or institutions that have nominated a winning candidate.

Selection process

Step 1: Evaluation support panels

The BBVA Foundation together with the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) will appoint a support panel to evaluate the nominations received in each category of the BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Awards. These panels will be formed by leading experts in the area concerned, drawn from CSIC, universities, hospitals and other research, cultural or artistic centers. They will provide the BBVA Foundation with a reasoned rank order of finalists, which the Foundation will forward to the corresponding award committee, accompanied by a full list of entries and the scores assigned to each by reference to the best metrics of the subject area.

Step 2: Committees

The eight committees will comprise experts of acknowledged prestige in the corresponding area and will be appointed by the BBVA Foundation. The chair of each committee will be designated by the current CSIC president from a list of between five and ten researchers or cultural practitioners drawn up by the BBVA Foundation.

Since the Frontiers Awards in each category are intended to recognize specific contributions, the committees will take an integral view of the nominations received in favor of one or more persons or organizations, and may choose to merge two or more separate entries when it considers that they have made a convergent contribution to a given advance.

In the case of nominations made up of several persons or organizations, the committee may also elect to confine the award to one or some of its members in recognition of their differential contribution.

If a nomination is considered to be incomplete, in the sense of including only some of the persons or organizations generally acknowledged to be among the principal authors of the stated contribution, the committee will refrain from granting it the award. Nor will the committee be able to add the names of individuals or organizations in order to round off such nominations.

The committee may reach its decision unanimously or by simple majority, with the corresponding modality put on record in the award certificate.

Committees’ decisions will in no event be open to appeal, including the decision to leave the award vacant.

The composition of the support panel and award committee in each category, and the contents of the award certificate with the jury’s citation will be publicly disclosed through the BBVA Foundation website.

Award decision and presentation ceremony

The BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Awards will be decided before April 30, 2019.

The awards will be presented at a formal ceremony to be held in Madrid on June 13, 2019, preceded by a gala concert held in Madrid’s Teatro Real on the evening of June 12.

Laureates must agree to attend the presentation ceremony. In the case of awards going to teams, these will be represented by no more than three of their members.

If an award goes to a legal person, it must furnish the following documents after being notified of the award decision:

  • A copy of its bylaws
  • A copy of its tax identification number
  • A statement from the pertinent governing body of the organization or institution confirming its acceptance of the award

 

Acceptance

The fact of participating in the present edition of the BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Awards signifies the acceptance of its conditions and award decisions, and renunciation of any claim in their respect on the part of both nominators and nominees.

CALENDAR

11th EDITION CALL OPENS

10th EDITION AWARDS ANNOUNCEMENT

11th EDITION CALL CLOSES

10th EDITION AWARDS CONCERT AND CEREMONY

11th EDITION AWARDS ANNOUNCEMENT

11th EDITION AWARDS CONCERT

11th EDITION AWARDS CEREMONY


INSTRUCTIONS

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STEP 1 | CATEGORY

Select the award category you wish the candidate to compete in according to their merits.

Remember that in the case of the “Humanities and Social Sciences” category, the award will alternate yearly between these two disciplinary domains (with the present edition devoted to the Humanities). Once you have saved your nomination for the first time, you will not be able to change the category.

STEP 2 | NOMINATOR

Each nomination may have a maximum of thirty nominators.

To add or delete a nominator, use the buttons at the top or bottom of your page.

All nominators must provide the following information:

A. Institution: Choose the category that best fits your institution/describes your situation as a nominator.

B. Nominator particulars: The e-mail address provided will be the one used by the BBVA Foundation in subsequent correspondence. We also recommend that you include the international call prefix in the telephone field.

C. Letter of nomination: Each nominator should provide a signed letter of nomination. The file should be in .pdf format and no larger than 4 MB.

This document should not be confused with the description of candidates’ salient contributions.

To prevent loss of information, the system will require you to save your nomination before moving on to step 3 of the form. Remember that once the form has been saved, you will not be able to change the award category you are competing in.

STEP 3 | CANDIDATE

You should first specify whether the candidate is an “individual” or “organization”. The subsequent fields will vary according to your choice.

To add or delete a candidate, use the buttons at the top or bottom of your page.

A. Nominated for: Provide a summary – max. 1000 characters – of the candidate’s achievements, including the main reasons for their nomination. This should be a self-standing narrative and not simply an excerpt from or reference to the candidate’s CV or the document of salient contributions.

B. Candidate particulars: Including the institutional affiliation and contact information of each candidate.

Please note that in the event that your nomination is selected by the committee, the BBVA Foundation will contact the laureate(s) by phone as soon as the commitee meeting ends – probably not before 17:00 GMT. For this reason, we recommend that you provide a direct or cell phone number.

C. Candidate’s salient contributions: This should take the form of a continuous narrative (maximum of 3 pages, single spaced) describing the nature and importance of the contribution for which the candidate is being nominated, and the reasons why the nominator believes they merit the award. The file should be in .pdf format and no larger than 4 MB.

When more than one candidate is being nominated, this description should include each one’s specific input to the above global contribution, and whether it was arrived at through collaborative working (as a team) or independently (working in parallel).

This document is not the same as the letter of nomination, and should in no event exceed the 3 single-spaced pages specified, regardless of whether the entry comprises one or more persons and/or institutions.

D. Candidate’s CV. Provide for each person nominated. This document is not required in the case of organizations.

STEP 4 | CONFIRM DETAILS

Before finishing your nomination, a message will appear with a summary of all the information provided. Please check that this information is correct before confirming the nomination.

Once the nomination is complete, nominators will not be able to access it or make changes.

 


 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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What do the BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Awards set out to recognize?

These awards recognize fundamental contributions in a broad array of areas of scientific knowledge, technology, humanities and artistic creation.

They are not intended to be lifetime achievement awards.

What knowledge areas do the awards address?

The awards are divided into eight categories:

  1. Basic Sciences (Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics)
  2. Biology and Biomedicine
  3. Information and Communication Technologies
  4. Ecology and Conservation Biology
  5. Climate Change
  6. Economics, Finance and Management
  7. Humanities and Social Sciences
  8. Music and Opera

The Climate Change award recognizes both research endeavors in confronting this challenge and impactful actions informed by the best science. In Humanities and Social Sciences, the award will alternate annually between these two disciplinary domains, with this eleventh edition dedicated to the Humanities. Finally, the Music and Opera category encompasses composition, instrumental and vocal performance, musical and stage direction, and video art creation associated with musical or operatic works.

Who can be a candidate?

Candidates may be one or more natural persons of any nationality, without limitation of number, that have made independent or convergent contributions to a given advance, whether due to a formal collaboration (with the nominees belonging to one or more groups) or parallel working.

The awards are also open to scientific or cultural organizations that can be collectively credited with exceptional contributions to scientific knowledge, cultural creation or the fight against climate change.

Awards may not be granted posthumously.

Is it possible to submit a joint candidature comprising more than one person?

Yes, as long as the candidates have made convergent contributions to a given advance, whether due to a formal collaboration (with nominees belonging to one or more groups) or parallel working. Nominations can also consist of several scientific or cultural organizations or a mix of organizations and individuals.

What do the awards comprise?

Awards in each category come with 400,000 euros prize money, a diploma and a commemorative artwork.

What happens with the prize money if the winning entry is made up of various persons or organizations?

In such cases, the monetary amount will be divided equally among all recipients.

Who can nominate?

Any scientific or cultural organization or institution can submit nominations, following their own internal procedures. Among them:

  • Scientific or artistic societies and organizations
  • National and regional academies of science or culture
  • Public or private R&D centers
  • University schools, departments or institutes and research or teaching institutes
  • Hospital departments and biomedical research centers
  • Schools of music
  • Orchestras, orchestra associations, opera theaters and opera associations
  • Public agencies and supranational, national or regional organizations substantially engaged in analysis and/or activities relating to climate change
  • Other scientific, cultural and environmental organizations

Winners of the Nobel Prize in any of its categories are likewise eligible to nominate, as are past winners of the BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Awards.

The BBVA Foundation may also invite nominations from researchers and cultural creators that have made outstanding contributions in their respective fields, establishing consultative or advisory panels to this end.

Can I put myself forward as a candidate?

No, no person or organization can nominate themselves. The awards are confined to indirect nominations.

Is it possible to nominate someone posthumously?

No.

Can the same organization, institution or individual nominator submit more than one entry?

Yes, any organization, institution or individual nominator can put forward more than one candidate in the same or different categories. What they cannot do is to nominate the same candidate in more than one award category.

Can the same candidate be proposed by more than one nominator?

Yes, the submission form allows up to 30 nominators. All nominators must supply their contact details and a separate, signed letter of nomination.

Can an organization nominate a candidate from its own ranks?

Yes, nominators are free to put forward candidates belonging to their own organization and/or any other.

Are nominations welcome from any country?

Yes, the BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Awards are fully international in scope.

What is the submission period for nominations?

From January 1 until 23:00 GMT on June 28, 2018.

How do I nominate a candidate?

All entries must be submitted through the nomination form available on this website.

You are advised to read the instructions for completing the form, likewise available on this website.

If I wish to nominate, what information and documentation should I gather together before starting to complete the online form?

  1. Award category for which the candidate is nominated, by reference to point 2 of the call conditions.
  2. Name of the nominating institution and officer/body, with the corresponding contact data (postal and e-mail address, plus landline and cell phone numbers). Each entry may have up to a maximum of 30 nominators.
  3. Letter(s) of nomination signed by the nominator(s). You must provide one letter per nominator.
  4. Candidate particulars including institutional affiliation and contact data.
  5. Description of the salient contributions of the candidate and reasoned arguments for the nomination (maximum of 3 pages, single spaced). In the case of convergent candidatures, you should provide a single descriptive narrative including an account of the role performed by each member.
  6. Candidate’s curriculum vitae. This document will not be necessary if the nominee is an organization or institution.

How should I structure the description of the candidate or candidates’ salient contributions?

This should take the form of a continuous narrative describing the nature and importance of the contribution for which the person or institution is being nominated, and the reasons why the nominator believes they merit the award.

When more than one candidate is being nominated, this description should include each one’s specific input to the above global contribution, and whether it was arrived at through collaborative working (as a team) or independently (working in parallel).

This document is not the same as the letter of nomination, and should in no event exceed the 3 single-spaced pages specified, regardless of whether the entry comprises one or more candidates.

Is it possible to attach more than one letter of nomination for the same entry?

Yes, the online form allows for up to 30 nominators. All must provide their contact details and a signed letter of nomination.

In the event that various organizations or individuals wish to jointly or coordinately submit a nomination, they should appoint a nomination coordinator who will merge all the materials into a single entry.

In what language should the nomination documents be submitted?

Exclusively in English.

After I have filled in the online form and submitted my nomination, what are the next steps?

You will receive an e-mail from the BBVA Foundation confirming that your candidature has been successfully submitted, and providing you with a registration number which you should quote in any subsequent correspondence.

What happens if the form I submit contains errors or is incomplete?

The BBVA Foundation will send you an e-mail granting a non-extendible term of thirty calendar days from that date in which to rectify the flaws detected, so the entry may be accepted for consideration.

How are award entries evaluated?

Entries will be evaluated in two stages. Firstly, by evaluation support panels formed by leading experts in the area concerned, drawn from the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), universities, hospitals and other research, cultural or artistic centers, who will provide the BBVA Foundation with a reasoned rank order of finalists.

In the second stage, the BBVA Foundation will forward this shortlist to the corresponding award committee, accompanied by a full list of entries and the scores assigned to each by reference to the best metrics of the subject area.

These committees will be made up of experts of international prestige in the corresponding area, and the final award decision will be theirs alone.

The committee may choose to merge two or more separate entries when it considers that they have made a convergent contribution to a given advance. It may also elect to confine the award to just one or several members of a given candidature.

If a nomination is considered to be incomplete, in the sense of including only some of the persons or organizations generally acknowledged to be among the principal authors of the stated contribution, the committee will refrain from granting it the award. Nor will the committee be able to add the names of individuals or organizations in order to round off such nominations.

The committees’ decisions will in no event be open to appeal, including the decision to leave the award vacant.

When will the awards be decided?

Before April 30, 2019.

What happens if the award goes to my entry?

The BBVA Foundation will notify the laureate(s) by phone as soon as the committee communicates its decision, probably not before 17:00 GMT. It is therefore advisable for nominators to include a direct or cell phone number among the contact details provided for the candidate(s).

If the candidate accepts the award, they will be reminded that they must agree to attend the presentation ceremony and other events organized for the occasion.

The BBVA Foundation will also contact the nominator to notify them of the committee’s decision.

When will the award ceremony take place?

The awards will be presented at a formal ceremony to be held in Madrid on June 13, 2019, preceded by a gala concert held in Madrid’s Teatro Real on the evening of June 12.

What happens if the award goes to a legal person?

The organization or institution must provide the following additional documents:

  • Copy of its bylaws
  • Copy of its tax identification number
  • A statement from its governing bodies confirming their acceptance of the award

What should I do if I have further questions?

If your question has not been answered here, please contact the BBVA Foundation at the e-mail address awards-info@fbbva.es. We will be happy to assist you.